Canterbury Wines: Sauvignon Blancs

By: Canterbury Wines  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Wine, Sauvignon Blanc

   Simply Marlborough at its absolute zenith, stunning purity and fruit expression; Bob Campbell's HIGEST POINTED NZ SAUVIGNON BLANC FROM THE 2010 VINTAGE - 95 points; "Astrolabe earns my vote for being New Zealand's leading Sauvignon Blanc maker.. classic Awatere character" - Gourmet Traveller Wine, 95 points *****; " Has a beautifully pure nose of minerals, English gooseberries, nettles and steel that is classical Awatere Valley in expression.., the fruit depth and richness provide lusciousness, but the crisp acidity provides perfect cut and tension. Bright, fine, concentrated minerally-earthy, steel and gooseberry flavours are the feature and form a very long finish.. archetype Awatere Sauvignon Blanc" - Raymond Chan, 19.5 points out of 20; "Powerful aromatics.. the flavours are bracingly fresh and deliciously juicy, crammed with passionfruit and peach with a zesty citrus undercurrent that adds vibrancy and tang to the lasting finish" - Sue Courtney   $29.95 per bottle

   "Attractive wine with strong Awatere character" - Bob Campbell MW - 93 points; Raymond Chan - 18.0 points out of 20; "Powerful and fresh.. a zesty kicker to the long lasting finish. Delicious" - Sue Courtney     $19.95 per bottle

     "A light and rather gentle Sauvignon Blanc with restrained but complex flavours and a good mouth feel.. Subtle wine with surprising powerery" - Bob Campbell MW, 88 points   $18.95 per bottle 

   A very impressive example of Australian sauvignon blanc; wonderfully fragrant, with subtle flavours and oodles of fresh acidity; ""Partial fermentation and maturation in French oak has added a layer of complexity to a wine that already has delicious tropical passionfruit flavours and a twist of lemon/citrus acidity on the finish" - James Halliday, 94 points   $17.50 per bottle 

   A stunning wine that amply demonstrates how great white Bordeaux puts all Australian and New Zealand sauvignon blancs in the shade; "A superb nose of white peaches. On the pallet, it is mouth filling and complex, well balanced and elegant. A great success" - Le Figaro Club Vin, 92-94 points; "It has an extraordinarily fresh, jack-in-the-box nose with superb definition and minerality.. The palate is extremely taut with racy acidity, fresh green apple, quite sharp, it really electrifies the mouth with white peach towards the delineated finish" - Robert Parker, 88-90 points; "Great length and finish" - Le Revue du Vin de France    $47.95 per bottle

     "And it is indeed worth looking out for.. The wine is taut and textural, smoky and minerally.. it steers long and direct through the finish.This is a seriously composed, and eminently stylish, wine" - Campbell Mattinson, 93 points   $21.95 per bottle 

   A world-class Sauvignon Blanc that beautifully combines the best of the New and Old Worlds, quite Sancerre like   $34.95 per bottle 

    "It's sophistication that immediately lifts this wine above any number of others.. Crisp and quite minerally, it again shows amazing complexity.. I'm reminded of the best Rieslings and the way they can at times possess an infinite, fractal-like depth of flavour" - Full Pour   $23.95 per bottle  

    OUTSTANDING VALUE from one of Marlborough's elite wineries - exalted NZ critics Bob Campbell MW and Sue Courtney regard the winery as the country's top sauvignon blanc producer; Beautifully balanced, elegant, harmonious palate .. Finishes long, lingering crisp and clean   $14.50 per bottle  

   BEST WHITE WINE BUY OF THE YEAR - Michael Cooper's 2010 Wine Guide (NZ's most influential wine critic); "Weighty, rich, rounded.. scented, incisively flavoured wine.. priced sharply" - Michael Cooper; Winestate *****   $19.95 per bottle  



  "Very classy.. Weighty, it has a deep, very pure and delicate flavours of melons and limes, slightly nettley, crisp, minerally and long" - Michael Cooper *****  $27.50 per bottle

   "Lives up to its glowing reputation.. a more complex style than most, with real individuality" - Michael Cooper *****; "As good as ever.. Lovely poise and length" - Jane Skilton MW; "Totally user-friendly style.. long, flavoursome finish" - Sue Courtney, 18.0 points; "Has class" - Deborah Walton; "Zesty and refreshing, intensely fruity, it is everything you'd expect from this now iconic grape" - Tasting Panel, The Press   $16.95 per bottle  

    $13.95 per bottle

   "Mind-blowingly delicious" - Sue Courtney; "Simply stunning wine craft.. Detailed, rich and suave. Wonderful wine begging for a butter sautéed filet of John Dory" - Grill Magazine; "This notably complex wine.. has excellent richness and complexity, coupled with great drinkability" - Michael Cooper *****; "Simply put, it's a halfway house between sauvignon blanc and chardonnay and is a great food wine… is restrained and shows delicious delicacy.. A refreshing change" - Rebecca Gibb    $32.50 per bottle

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Sauvignon Blanc, Wine

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